Yoga Pose of the Month: Vrksasana

vrksasanaWith the Fall season in full effect, it is the perfect time for a grounding pose to honor one of the very things that makes Fall so special, the trees.  Vrksasana, also known as Tree Pose, is a great way to find balance and stability during this season of Vata dosha.  This season is known to increase issues such as a restless mind, anxiety, worry and fear, all of which can be calmed with regular practice of this posture.  Vrksasana teaches us a strong sense of rootedness, all while finding the softness and ease that is equally as important for standing comfortably in this powerful asana. Continue reading »

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An Ayurvedic Nighttime Routine for a Calm Mind and Sound Sleep

calming-bathJust as it is essential to have a consistent and healthy routine for the daytime (known as Dinacharya in Ayurveda), it is equally as essential to have a soothing nighttime routine in order to wind-down and de-stress each night before bed.  By welcoming in calming activities in the evening time, we are allowing the energy to ground and the mind to quiet.  The stress that has accumulated throughout the day is able to be processed and released, allowing us to sleep deeper, longer and more soundly.  With sleep disorders being one of the most prevalent issues I encounter as a practitioner, this article should be able to help those of all ages and body-types as we bring a bit more intention and attention to our nightly habits. Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Roasted Root Veggie Recipe

ayurvedic roasted veggie recipeWhat better way to welcome in the Fall than with some grounding root veggies.  I have come to the conclusion that Fall is officially my favorite season, and I am beyond excited to have some herbal teas, winter spices and warm meals back in my life again.  In fact, with Vata dosha being predominant during the Fall season, all of these “treats” not only feel great, but are actually helping to keep my body and mind in balance during these transitional months.  This recipe has been a slight obsession of mine and although it can be a healthy side dish, I have been enjoying it as my main meal more often than not. Continue reading »

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11 Ayurvedic Tips for a Fall Cleanse

fall cleanseAccording to Ayurveda, Fall is one of the best times of the year for performing a cleanse.  In fact, a traditional Ayurvedic cleanse is only performed during the transitional seasons of the Spring and Fall, and otherwise avoided during the more intense months of the summer and winter.  Since there are countless ways to perform a cleanse, it is extremely important to take into account the seasonal elements in order to perform a safe, healthy and efficient cleanse.       Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Home Remedies 101: Ginger, Honey and Lime Digestive Appetizer

ginger-appetizer-homer-remedyIf you are familiar at all with Ayurveda, you will know that its number one focus and goal is to establish a healthy and robust digestive fire.  There are multiple ways to go about this, and the more severe your digestive issues may be, the more changes that will need to be made.  It is important to avoid too many changes at once however, and this can be established by utilizing some simpler remedies, while slowly trying to make the more difficult changes in your diet and lifestyle.  This ginger appetizer is a perfect addition to any digestive health regimen, as it is quick to prepare and contains accessible ingredients.  It possesses a wide range of health benefits, but of course the main benefits are to boost the digestion, increase the metabolism and burn those toxins! Continue reading »

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Malabsorption According to Ayurveda: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

long-lines-on-nailsAs an Ayurvedic practitioner, one of the most common issues I see time and time again is malabsorption of nutrients.  In fact, I would estimate at least 75% of my clients have shown some signs of malabsorption, if not more.  If you are not familiar with this phenomenon, this article will take you through not only what it is, but also some common causes, signs, symptoms, and of course how Ayurveda addresses this issue. Continue reading »

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Bhringaraj: An Ayurvedic Hair Tonic and its Many Other Health Benefits

bhringarajIf you have heard of Bhringaraj before, you probably have heard of its use as a hair tonic or its unique ability to restore the hair.  This incredible Ayurvedic herb quite possibly is the best option for preventing and treating premature greying and baldness, making it a main ingredient in any Ayurvedic Hair Oil.  However, Bhringaraj possesses many other health benefits, including being a powerful liver tonic, alleviating inflammation, healing skin issues, calming the mind, treating insomnia and strengthening the bones and teeth. Continue reading »

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